Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has an eye on the Golden Boot as he nears the end of his first full season in English football and Arsenal dream of a return to the Champions League.
Aubameyang took his personal goal tally to 25 with the third in a 3-1 win against Valencia on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.
Nineteen have come in the Premier League and, with fixtures remaining against Brighton on Sunday and Burnley, next week, he is one behind Sadio Mane and Sergio Aguero, and two adrift of Mohamed Salah.
‘When you’re a striker it means a lot,’ said Aubameyang. ‘When you win it, it’s always a pleasure. If you want to be the best you have to win the Golden Boot.
‘It’s a tough battle. We have great strikers in the Premier League. They are so consistent all season. They score and they score and they score. The best strikers are just waiting to score all season. That’s what makes them so special.‘But I am a guy who is confident and I know that I can do it. No problem if not but there’s still two games to play in the Premier League so I have my chances and why not?’
At Arsenal, he has developed a potent partnership with Alex Lacazette who has 18 for the season and 13 in the Premier League.
‘Maybe this is the first season in my career that I play with another striker like Laca,’ said Aubameyang. ‘I’m really happy that we are doing well. We always give everything for the team and Laca deserves to score goals, and I think I do as well.
‘We have the same vision about football when we talk in the dressing-room, the same ideas and the same feelings. The fact that we understand each other is the thing that makes the difference in the games.’
‘My ambition was to bring the club back into the Champions League and we are not so far away,’ he said. ‘Hopefully we will reach this target. In terms of goals I am happy. I think I can do better but I’m happy.’